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THESE YOUNGSTERS HELPED (from left to right) James Law, Vice President of Business Retention at the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce, Steve Levine, Town of Fallsburg Supervisor, Alexandra Lalieu, Martial Arts Instructor, and Sullivan County Legislady Leni Binder with Saturday’s ribbon cutting ceremony at Upstate Karate.

Community Celebrates
New Karate School

By Ilana Dubrovsky
MOUNTAINDALE — June 8, 2004 – “Experience the POWER within you!”, which is highlighted on Upstate Karate’s brochure, captures the true essence of this new martial arts school.
Upstate Karate, located at 81 Main Street in Mountaindale, opened on June 5. The school provides self-defense skills to children and adults.
The fundraising ribbon cutting event included a karate demonstration led by the martial arts instructor, Alexandra Lalieu. The students were quite obedient. When requested by Lalieu to perform a move, the students collectively yelled “Yes ma’am!”
Following the demonstration, a children’s safety and awareness prevention presentation was conducted by a Town of Fallsburg D.A.R.E. (Drug Alcohol Resistance Education) officer.
All profits raised by the event went to the Town of Fallsburg D.A.R.E. program to encourage safe lifestyles.
As a community service, Lalieu gave a free self-defense clinic for children and adults to get a feel for the martial arts first-hand.
Owners Ken and Barbara Schmitt feel that this martial arts school “is a positive addition to the community.
“This school is positive for any person in their personal situation,” Ken Schmitt said.
He added that Mountaindale is the perfect setting for a new karate school, since “it is the center of the area.”
Lalieu is well qualified for the position as Upstate Karate’s prime instructor.
“Her knowledge of the venue is very good,” Ken Schmitt said. “She is well-known throughout the community.”
“Lalieu has been involved in the martial arts since she was 18 years old and is a lifelong resident of the area” said Barbara Schmitt.
Lalieu believes that self-defense is a very important skill for a person to have.
“Do not fear anyone,” said Lalieu during the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Upstate Karate will be open everyday, except Fridays and Saturdays. Classes range in skill level from beginner to advanced. Testing is held the second Sunday of each month.
For more information about Upstate Karate, contact the school at 434-0500.

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